Patrick Javillier – 2019


Marion Javillier 2020 Patrick JavillierTasted in Meursault with Marion Javillier, the 28 October, 2020.

Domaine Javillier
9 Rue des Forges
21190 Meursault
Tel: +33 3 80 21 27 87
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Marion on 2020:
In 2020 the confinement really gave us the opportunity to concentrate on our vines – no visits. The main thing is the earliness of the harvest; we started with a small vine 19 August but were properly underway the 25th with last grapes collected on 1st September. We have to remember the lack of rain – more of an effect for the reds than the whites but we think we will have some great wines.

Marion on 2019:
It’s special in the sense that – starting 6th September – the reds needed more time. But it was a small harvest and lots of millerandes, mainly because of the poor weather at flowering. When harvesting we worried about the potential alcohols but we find in the end wines 13.5-13.8° which is still high for us, but not extraordinary. There’s a classic style from the vintage from the perspective that each climat has its own well-defined character – and that’s important for us.

The wines…

Possibly the best range of wines I ever tasted at this domaine – you cannot go wrong here. Bravo Marion & team!

Reds will be bottling, probably, in December. The whites are in tank and they might start with those in only a couple of weeks. Last year I asked Marion about cork vs DIAM – “We’re testing DIAM but not all tests are finished yet – I do think that the reds close too much after bottling with DIAM though​”

​2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Grands Liards
Medium-plus colour. The nose not fully open but with a width of pretty red fruit – no Savigny herb. Round in the mouth and with fine energy, a little depth of texture that contains an über-fine grain of tannin. Hmm, slightly structured but also with a delicious red-fruit finale. That’s always an excellent villages here.

​2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Serpentières
A little less colour. A deeper translucent red fruit – ooh that’s super! Mouth-filling, more mouth-watering too. Depth of flavour here, much more mouth-watering complexity. No grain to this tannin. Delicious, elegant, lacking for nothing – great Savigny.

2019 Aloxe-Corton
Similar colour to the Serpentières. The nose is open and shows a little more rustic freshness but it’s still a good invitation to drink – with aeration becoming more fruit-forward, floral and deeper – it just takes its time. Fuller in the mouth, actually great texture again, mouth-watering – a wine with some power but always round and attractive.

Les blancs…
Also all in tank, on their fining:

2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Cuvée des Forgets
Forward, ripely fresh golden fruit – ripe citrus here. Wide, mineral, mouth-watering. That sits beautifully on the palate. Just a little textural richness in the middle, some pear and pineapple too, but tasty wine here. Fine balanced.

2019 Bourgogne Cuvée Oligocène​​
From Pellans, half of Pellans is Meursault. Normally 10,000 bottles of this vs 20,000 of the latter
An extra brightness of aroma here. Cool-fruited, direct, chalky, almost juicy. Great, great Bourgogne. Bravo!
2019 Meursault
New cuvée, did a little testing in 18, a selection of parcels from within the domaine, not new parcels.
That’s a fine nose, stony-fruited, fresh, ginger-spiced – hyper-attractive. Here is weight and freshness, a cool style to the fruit, beautifully textured. Wide finishing, long finishing. That’s a honey – picture-perfect Meursault.

2019 Meursault Clos du Cromin
A more mineral width on this nose – interesting, faintly with rigour. The classic bright entry of wines here, beautifully textured again, faintly spiced in the middle with the tannic texture of the finish. That’s got a sneaky extra dimension of flavour in the finish too – excellent wine.

2019 Meursault Tillets
A vertical nose, deep with stone-fruit. A little extra freshness here, penetrating flavour with a very fine mouth-watering, practically juicy style in the middle and finish where there’s a little floral extra too. Bravo!
2019 Meursault Les Clousots
A little wider, again stone fruits but this time with some extra minerality in the deep. Wider, fresher, more overtly mineral and mouth-watering. The best finish – clarity – width of finish, subtly mouth-watering through the tannic texture.

2019 Meursault Tête de Murger
A bright nose, an energetic nose, perhaps the least ready of these though. Less width, a wine that has a little more emphasis on direction and structure. A super finish again – the signature here in 2019 – holding deliciously long – you really can’t go wrong here but this wine will repay your patience.

2019 Corton-Charlemagne
From Pougets. Always a small cuvée here, 1200 bottles. Still in barrel, not moved.
A narrower nose but more vibrant at the core – the suggestion of weight in support too. Aeration brings fine flowers in the mix. Great. Mouth-filling but with a clarity and presence that is top-notch. Bursting with flavour, mouth-watering flavour, energy and complexity. I simply love this wine in this vintage. Great wine.

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